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x-minister Suresh Navale resigns, extends support to NCP (SP) Beed nominee

Navale said that Chief Minister Eknath Shinde succumbed to the pressure from the BJP. He also said he would not join any party.

miniMUMBAI: Former Maharashtra minister Suresh Navale has resigned from the Shiv Sena led by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, claiming the CM has succumbed to the pressure from the BJP.

Navale has also said he will not join any party and announced his support to NCP (SP) Beed Lok Sabha seat nominee Bajrang Sonawane.

Talking to a news channel on Monday, Navale, who hails from Beed, said he resigned from the Shiv Sena on April 25.

“My allegation is that the chief minister has succumbed to the pressure from the BJP. He came out earlier (after a revolt in the Sena) and formed government, but did not oppose pressure from the BJP with the same spirit when it was expected that we (Shiv Sena) will contest our 18 seats,” he said.

In 2019, the then undivided Shiv Sena contested 22 out of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in Maharashtra and won 18 of them.

Navale said the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena (UBT) is contesting 21 Lok Sabha seats in the state this time and here (in Shinde’s party), the sitting MPs are being denied tickets.

“The political career of people who have joined Shinde is almost over at least for today, I don’t know about tomorrow. But if this is the situation in the Lok Sabha elections, the situation will be worse in the state assembly polls (due later this year),” he claimed.

Sitting Shiv Sena MPs like Bhavana Gawli (Yavatmal Washim) and Hemant Patil (Hingoli) have been denied renomination, while decision on candidate for the Nashik Lok Sabha seat is still pending, Navale pointed out.

“There is no place for a dialogue in the party. The party cadres are keeping quiet. They have nothing to do (with what is going on) as they are the beneficiaries,” he claimed.

After a meeting with his supporters in Beed on Monday, Navale said he will support NCP (SP) candidate Sonawane.

“The BJP has cheated the Shiv Sena, so my supporters have told me to support Bajrang Sonawane and I have declared it accordingly,” he said.

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